Environmental protection obligations: Both sides have also committed to effectively enforcing their national environmental legislation and to enact, maintain and implement laws, regulations and other measures to meet their obligations under the multilateral environmental agreements covered. All environmental chapter obligations are subject to the same dispute resolution procedures and enforcement mechanisms as the commercial obligations of the APA. Once implemented, the agreement would eliminate tariffs on 80% of U.S. exports of consumer goods and industrial products to Colombia. 7% of U.S. exports would be processed duty-free within five years of implementation. The remaining tariffs would be abolished ten years after they were implemented. Colombia will join the World Trade Organization (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which would remove barriers to trade between Colombia and computer products.  The agreement between the United States and Colombia (CTPA) (Spanish: Tratado de Libre Comercio between Colombia y Estados Unidos or TLC) is a bilateral free trade agreement between the United States and Colombia. On November 27, 2006, U.S.
Deputy Trade Representative John Veroneau and Colombian Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism Jorge Humberto Botero were signed. CTPA is a comprehensive agreement that will eliminate tariffs and other barriers to trade in goods and services between the United States and Colombia, including government procurement, investment, telecommunications, e-commerce, intellectual property rights and the protection of labor and the environment The U.S. Congress. The Colombian Congress approved the agreement and an amendment protocol in 2007. The Colombian Constitutional Court completed its review in July 2008 and concluded that the agreement was in accordance with the Colombian Constitution. President Obama instructed the U.S. Trade Representative`s office to find a way to address outstanding issues related to the Colombian Free Trade Agreement.  The U.S. Congress took over the agreement and passed it on October 12, 2011. The agreement entered into force on May 15, 2012.
 In agriculture, the agreement would immediately grant duty-free treatment to certain agricultural products from both countries, including high-quality beef, cotton, wheat and soybean flours. Other products that would be immediately treated as duty-free are important fruits and vegetables, including apples, pears, peaches and cherries, as well as many processed foods, including frozen fries and cookies. Other products would benefit from better market access; These include pork, beef, maize, poultry, rice, fruits and vegetables, processed products and dairy products. The United States and Colombia have worked together to remove health and plant health barriers to trade in the agricultural sector, including procedures for controlling the food security of beef, pork and poultry. These obligations are reportedly written in two separate letters on health and plant health measures, which should be attached to the free trade agreement.  Why Colombia? Colombia is already a strong trading partner of the United States and has the potential to be an even more important place for business. Trade with Colombia offers increased economic opportunities for American producers, workers and farmers. Colombia is a growing market for U.S.
exporters and a good economic and political partner for the United States. In addition, our trade agreement with Colombia supports other U.S. trade and policy objectives in Latin America. Why a Colombia-U.S. trade promotion agreement? Columbia-USA Trade Promotion Agreement supports more U.S. jobs, increases U.S. exports and increases U.S. competitiveness. This comprehensive trade agreement removes tariffs and other barriers for the United States.